This economist believes that to help the poor, we should look to local entrepreneurs, not foreign aid. At a recent conference, William Easterly exhorted a few hundred listeners: “Let’s rebel against policymakers. Let development spread.”
One must look at development and giving people the tools to build a community from the bottom up before simply “providing aid” in a place foreign to them. An interesting article published in The Rotarian, produced by an organization whose mission is to give. Serving people with acute cultural relativism and humility, going in with an open mind and heart is vastly more important than simply doing what the foreigners think is right. Systemic changes are absolutely necessary, but a resilient community is built by its people, for its people.